Mr.Eiki Nestor to President of Lithuania: communication between the state and the citizens has moved to the Internet

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President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor met with the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. The main topic of the meeting was Estonia’s 12-year experience with e-elections which are based on the compulsory ID-card that allows secure identification.

“Our people trust our authorities and use IT solutions. Had we had major security breaches, these would already have been used to take down the elections, as well as banks and state data bases,” Nestor said.

“Communication between the state and the citizens has moved to the Internet: 96 % of income tax returns are submitted electronically, and 30.5 % of the voters vote electronically over the Internet,” Nestor added.

Grybauskaitė said that Lithuania has many Internet based services available, but is not yet ready to introduce electronic elections.

Other topics included Baltic cooperation in the Baltic Assembly, and the development of the Rail Baltic railway link.

The Lithuanian delegation also included Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, and Vice-Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza. The Riigikogu was represented by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, President of the Baltic Assembly and Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee Aadu Must, and Chairman of the Estonia Lithuania Parliamentary Group Aivar Sõerd.

Krishan Chand

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